School-Based Dental Programs

School-based dental sealant programs are an effective way to prevent or reduce tooth decay and reduce oral health disparities among children. more These programs are especially important to the oral health of children who are less likely to receive private dental care, such as children from low-income families. more The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that if 50% of children at high risk participated in school sealant programs, over half of their tooth decay would be prevented and money would be saved on their treatment costs.

Several Rhode Island communities have school-based dental programs. With parental consent, these programs provide oral health education and access to preventive services, such as cleanings and dental sealants. Extra effort is made to target children living in the state's core cities who may be at higher risk of tooth decay.

Participating Schools by Provider

School-based dental programs are coordinated in select schools across Rhode Island by five providers. Participating schools will provide information about their school-based dental programs to parents. School administrators, school nurse teachers, and parents can contact program providers directly for more information about these programs.

East Bay Smiles

  • Bristol Warren+
  • East Providence+
  • Middletown+
  • Newport+

Pawtucket Smiles

  • Pawtucket+

Providence Smiles

  • Providence+

Thundermist Dental Clinic

  • South Kingstown+
  • West Warwick+
  • Woonsocket+

West Bay Smiles

  • Cranston+
  • Warwick+